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How to draw RYSA

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Zentangle pattern: RysaToday we explore the tangle named Rysa from West Virgina tangler Beth Snoderly. Beth has contributed many great tangle patterns and strings to the site for everyone’s creative enjoyment.

I thought this would be an excellent one to start off our week because Beth includes a mind boggling array of variations for us to experiment with.

As she points out in her explanation for Rysa, it can be drawn with any shape you want — squares/rectangles, diamonds, or orbs as I’ve used in my example and Beth shows in her steps below.

While somewhat similar in concept to CZT Carole Ohl’s Tink, Rysa is a very different tangle. Beth writes,

I got the idea for Rysa from a very old ceiling in a restaurant we ate at on one of our road trips.  It doesn’t exactly resemble the ceiling, but that is where the idea originated. 

Rysa starts out as rows of alternating shapes. One big shape then a small shape. Any shape you want can be used. The next row switches that order so it alternates in both directions. Then once you fill the space, you go back and connect the big shapes diagonally with sets of backwards parenthesis shapes )(. I try to leave space between the connecting parenthesis so they don’t touch. Then once all the big shapes are connected I draw double lines from the big shape to each little shape as if they are connected behind the big shape (O=o=O). 

Rysa can be finished at that point, or you can add fill in behind. This you can see in my journal pages I attached. There are a variety of ways Rysa can be decorated. I still come up with new ideas and add them in.

Beth illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Rysa below and her Zentangle shows many different ways to embellish it.

Zentangle pattern: Rysa

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Here is the first set of variations Beth shares with us …

Variations of Rysa by Beth Snoderly

And here are even more …

Variations of Rysa by Beth Snoderly

Have fun!!!!

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